In old times, this festival was widely celebrated among the Lyudiks and Finns. Kegri is a mythological creature, appearing among the people in the form of an animal. The people of Mikhailovskoe called it Syund. He came in late autumn to those who spun wool in yuletide and punished the offenders for their actions. Kegri was a day when peasants brought all their autumn work to completion. A saying reflects this, ’Turnips stored away, a wife on top of the stove; Kegri has come. ’ The morning hours of this day were spent spinning wool, but in the evening the skeins were counted. The villagers of Mikhailovskoe have celebrated Kegri annually since 2007.
This is a beautiful rural festival, abounding in humour, fun, games, and treats. Nobody worked on this day, and people tried to dry hay and gather it in stacks.It is believed that Elijah offers protection from harm and the evil eye, so the villagers give to their guests talisman pins. This day is celebrated with much noise, dances, a chastushki competition for ladies, and a competition for the best Elijah the Thunderer for men. The festival also includes a fair, tea from the samovar, and a beautiful closure. The symbol of the Prophet Elijah is bread baked from newly harvested corn. Each guest takes a piece from the freshly baked loaf. This is a sign of mutual help, kindness, and fairness — everyone receives an equal piece of bread.